Sun December 23, 2012

2012 Was A Big Year For Fossil Fuels

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 10:41 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

For more than 40 years, American presidents have talked about the need for the U.S. to become energy-independent. Easy to talk about, difficult to make happen. But some recent discoveries could mean a giant leap in that direction. We begin this hour talking about energy and whether it's the kind that burns to power the internal combustion engine in your car, or the kind that harnesses wind to turn on the lights in your house.

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Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Coal May Pass Oil As World's No. 1 Energy Source By 2017, Study Says

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:49 pm

China and India are projected to propel coal's challenge of oil as the world's top energy source within the next five years, according to a new study. Here, a man rides a bicycle toward a coal-fired power station in China's Guangdong province last year.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Despite a slowdown in U.S. consumption, coal is poised to replace oil as the world's top energy source — possibly in the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency. The rise will be driven almost entirely by new energy demands in China and India, the IEA says.

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Tue December 18, 2012

COGA Sues Longmont Over Fracking Ban

An oil and gas rig in Longmont, Coloardo
KUNC file photo

Initiative 300, which banned fracking within Longmont city limits, passed in November despite oil and gas companies raising close to a half million dollars toward defeat of the measure. The ban will now face an industry legal challenge.

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Tue December 18, 2012

The Downsides Of Living In An Oil Boom Town

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 9:18 am

Cyndy Aafedt (left) owns the El Rancho hotel in Williston, N.D. Jobs in town have been hard to fill. Her employee, Mary Joy Hardt (right), who is from the Philippines, is one of many people with J-1 visas helping to fill retail, hotel and restaurant job openings here.
Meg Luther Lindholm for NPR

The population boom in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses. Williston, the fastest growing small city in America, is enjoying an oil boom and has seen its population double in the past two years.

At the city's brand new McDonald's, manager Vern Brekhus struggles every day to maintain his staff of nearly 100 workers.

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Sat December 15, 2012